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Zimbabwe: Bruised Dembare Picking Up Pieces

GIANTS Dynamos might want to put many issues behind them after they host early season pace-setters Manica Diamonds in a Castle Lager Premiership soccer tie on the National Sports Stadium this Sunday.

The Glamour Boys spent the higher a part of the week counting the losses from the defeat by outdated foes Highlanders within the excessive stakes Presidential Independence Day Trophy ultimate at Barbourfields on Monday.

DeMbare not solely misplaced the bragging rights after surrendering the trophy they’d gained final yr in opposition to the identical opponents, however they missed out on an enormous pay day, which might have seen every participant going house with not lower than US$1 500 richer.

They additionally had their six-match unbeaten run breached. Then the bodily exhaustion that got here with travelling to and from Bulawayo on awkward days, and shedding a minimum of someday of preparations.

DeMbare coach Tonderai Ndiraya yesterday mentioned they’ve managed to place behind them the setback, after shedding 0-1 to outdated foes Highlanders within the ultimate of the Presidential Independence Day Trophy, which carried $6 million from the Government and about US$51 000 bonus, availed by their sponsors Sakunda Holdings, for the winners.

They returned house on Tuesday with US$9 000 and $4.5 million for being runners-up. Ndiraya instructed The Herald yesterday that his workforce has shifted focus to the league competitors, the place they’ve performed pretty properly.

Ndiraya mentioned they’ve since shifted focus to the preparations for his or her subsequent sport in opposition to Manica Diamonds on the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

“We are preparing very well,” mentioned Ndiraya.

“But I feel our preparations have been a bit completely different within the sense that we performed Highlanders on Monday. Obviously we travelled again to Harare on Tuesday and we needed to begin our severe preparations with the workforce on Wednesday.

“So that took away someday off our coaching schedule and we now have acquired to see how we handle the scenario as a result of what’s essential in soccer is restoration.

“We have gotten to get well from the travelling and naturally the sport which we performed on Monday, an uncommon day, however, in fact, an essential day within the historical past of the nation.

“We are performed with the Independence Day celebrations and we are actually absolutely centered on the league programme which is an extended one, gruelling and troublesome one for that matter.

“So we’re having to psychologically discuss to our gamers to shift from a celebratory temper to a severe league marketing campaign temper which we had earlier than the Uhuru celebrations.